In the 1950’s VW began to produce a series of vans based upon the Type 1 beetle chassis. The large majority of VW’s modern day vans, including the Camper, are still based upon this simple and elegant design. In 1946 a Dutch importer called Ben Pon visited the VW factory at Wolfsburg and came up with the idea of modifying the Type 1 into a simple panel van. After a few sketches and some serious negotiations the Type 2, otherwise known as the VW camper, was born. After some initial doubts about the concept and even the financial viability of VW itself, the Type 2 was officially signed off and rolled out of the factory in 1949.